Selling at auction

Selling at auction is easy and simple

If you are considering selling at auction then we would be delighted to help. We pride ourselves in providing a professional and comprehensive service aimed at producing the best results for our clients. The friendly auction team can guide you through the auction process, and selling by auction couldn't be easier!

Our Team

The auction valuation team is headed by John Dickins, Harriet Mustard and Paul Nation who have worked in auction houses across the country. The valuation team are supported by consultants who can assist where needed.

Our Auction Rooms - a great place to sell

Our smart and highly accessible auction rooms are set in the beautiful Somerset countryside of the Mendip Hills. Situated at Rookery Farm, just off the A37 linking Bristol with Yeovil, the rooms are a stone's throw from the Cathedral City of Wells, the Georgian City of Bath and the rural splendour of Cheddar Gorge.

There is plenty of parking and our friendly and experienced staff are on hand to answer any questions potential buyers may have. We also work really hard to display lots to their full potential.

Also, on site is the popular Hartleys Cafe and a range of shops. There is plenty to see and do on auction days and it is possible to eat and drink in the Lookout Café overlooking the saleroom and watch the sale in progress. With such a great destination, our auctions attract many potential purchasers.

Accepting Items for Sale

For those contemplating selling at auction, we accept items at our auction rooms Monday to Thursday (closed Fridays) from 10am until 3pm when a valuer is present to provide valuation advice. No appointment is necessary. We are delighted to give a verbal appraisal free of charge. If you're happy to go ahead with selling your items, we will agree reserves with you, give you a receipt and enter it into the next suitable sale.

For clients not able to visit the auction rooms or for valuation of larger items, we are happy to make house visits at a time to suit you, so please do give us a call on 01749 840770.

Alternatively, you can email us a photograph of your item and any details to and one of our specialists will get back to you as soon as possible.

Items that sell well include jewellery, vintage and modern watches, silver and plated items, medals and militaria, Asian art, jade, ceramics and glassware, clocks, paintings, bronzes, 20th century design, novelty items, designer fashion items, fine furniture, toys and much more.

Reaching the global market through Live Internet Buying

Through and our own website platform, our antique auctions are relayed across the world through the internet and it is possible for potential purchasers to bid on-line. It is also possible for bidders to leave commission bids for the auctioneers to bid on their behalf or to bid over the telephone.


We take pride in our catalogues and with every effort being made to list all items for sale at their best. Catalogues are available to download through various websites and distributed to potential purchasers on our database.


In promoting our sales, we advertise extensively in local and regional publications. Advertisements are also placed in the Antiques Trade Gazette and other auction and antique related publications.

Condition Reports

We provide comprehensive condition reports and photographs for clients all over the world, to ensure that if they can't get to the auction rooms, we'll give them the next best thing to holding the object they would like to buy. If you can't attend, we strongly recommend that a report is requested prior to bidding. Please request a report by 4pm on the day before the auction.

Collection and Delivery

Whilst we do not provide this ourselves, through our recommended service providers, we are able to arrange a reliable collection and delivery service at a reasonable charge. Contact ARK - 07904 431741.

House Clearances

Through our recommended providers, we can arrange a full house clearance service for executors, trustees and private individuals. We can assess the best method of disposal of every item within a property and we will arrange, at cost, transportation of suitable goods to the Auction Rooms and the clearance of the remaining items.

Our Charges

We charge a lot entry fee of £2 per lot. We also earn commission deducted from the realised sale price and our charges are some of the lowest in the region. If the item is unsold then no commission is payable. Our commission rate is calculated at 15%.

A minimum commission of £3 per lot is payable and in addition, a small charge is made to cover loss or damage warranty calculated at 1.5% of the realised price. No charge is made for website presence or illustrations. All charges are subject to VAT.

Payments to the seller are made circa 21 days after the respective auction. 

Unsold Items

If an item does not sell it can usually be re-offered in a future sale. We do not charge an unsold fee. Where in our opinion an item is unsaleable, we ask you to collect such items from the sale room promptly on being so informed.

Terms and Conditions

Contact us for our full Conditions of Sale for Buyers.


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Normal opening hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm
Valuation Days
Monday - Friday
10.00am - 1.00pm or home visits by appointment
Sunday following a Saturday sale
9.00am - 12.00pm

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